LVC too much for MVC teams
Spring sports have began in the Bethlehem area, but there was still a little basketball to be played this past weekend at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township.
All stars from the Lehigh Valley Conference East faced off with all stars from the Mountain Valley Conference on "Super Saturday" at the Via All Star Basketball Classic.
The day also featured two games between the Lehigh Valley West and the Colonial League all stars squads in the early afternoon along with a Special Olympics Shootout.
In the Opening game of the late afternoon session the Lehigh Valley East girls handled the Mountain Valley girls for a 97-55 victory. On the boys side, there wasn't much defense involved, which was expected, as the Lehigh Valley East boys defeated the MVC boys 114-102.
LVC East boys vs. MVC boys
As noted, defense was a rarity in this one, but entertainment was plentiful. There were highlight dunks throughout the ball game, but when it was all said and done the LVC East squad had had too much length and talent on the floor for the MVC squad.
The LVC East squad featured two Division 1 commits in Liberty's 6-7 forward Greg Noack (Monmouth) and Bethlehem Central Catholic's 6-10 center Matt Husek (Holy Cross). Both players finished in double figures on the day with Noack finishing with 25 points, including four dunks, while Husek tallied 16.
"It was fun to be out there playing with these guys. I'm used to playing against them, so to be able to play with them was a great experience," said Noack. "When you're out there with so many talented guys good things just seem to happen and it's so much easier to get good shots. It was just a really fun atmosphere to play in."
Noack's teammate and Lehigh bound baseball recruit Pat Donnelly also had a solid day on the hardwood. Donnelly accomplished something during the game he never did in his career.
"That was the first time I ever dunked in a game," said Donnelly. "This was kind-of a special day for me because it was my last truly competitive basketball game. It was great to play with my teammates in Greg (Noack) and Chevon (Williams) and also to play with guys that I'm used to competing against. It was just a great way to finish out my career."
Other Bethlehem players that scored double figures on the afternoon were Liberty's Chevon Williams (16) and Freedom's Nyreef Jackson (12).
Devon Howard from Pleasant Valley scored a game-high 31 points in the loss for the MVC, while Stroudsburg's David Clowney also had a nice game, tallying 25.
LVC East girls vs. MVC girls
The LVC East girls squad showed why once again they are regarded as one of the top conferences in the state, taking no prisoners, defeating the MVC all stars by 42 points.
Bethlehem Central Catholic forward Bridget Smith and Liberty center Maggie Zerbe were a force on the inside throughout the day for LVC East girls. Each finished with 11 points a piece and constantly were able to get good low post position.
"It takes a little time to get comfortable out there, considering all of us are not used to playing with each other on a regular basis," said Smith. "Once we all started to get in the flow of the game it was much easier to operate. We all ran the floor and shared the ball and we got good looks. This is just an awesome experience and I'm grateful to be able to end my high school career at such a cool event."
Besides the LVC domination in the paint the Calabrese sisters from Nazareth torched the opposing guards from the MVC. Morgan Calabrese netted 20 points, including four triples, while Molly came up with 13 points of her own.
LVC East coach Nicole Savino was proud of the way her squad played and also commended the Via organization for the way they handle the event.
"This is just a talented group of girls and we put a couple things in here or there, but they really just go out there and play," said Savino. This is just a great event. It's so well organized and family oriented. It's a fun way to end the year."
For the MVC squad Stephanie Davis from East Stroudsburg South led all scores with 22 points.